The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/26/2002):

"As in That Upper Room You Left Your Seat"
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a short but wonderful poem by Timothy Dudley-Smith,
this one especially appropriate for Maundy Thursday communion. I suggest you
read it aloud as a prayer. For an additional encouragement and challenge,
read what our Lord said to his disciples in John 13:1-17.


As in that room you left your seat
and took a towel and chose a servant’s part,
so for today, Lord, wash again my feet,
who in your mercy died to cleanse my heart.

I bow before you, all my sin confessed,
to hear again the words of love you said;
and at your table, as your honoured guest,
I take and eat the true and living Bread.

So in remembrance of your life laid down
I come to praise you for your grace divine;
saved by your cross, and subject to your crown,
strengthened for service by this bread and wine.

—Timothy Dudley-Smith, from LIFT EVERY HEART: COLLECTED HYMNS 1961-1983 AND
SOME EARLY POEMS, © 1984 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For permission to copy or use this hymn, please contact:
Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188 1-800-323-1049, Fax: (630) 665-3200

May this be a truly Holy Week for you as you remember the great gift that is
ours because of the cross and the empty tomb. "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky